You are what you eat. And maybe you smell like it, too. Test what you know about what causes body odor, including how what's on the menu may affect how you smell.
There are two types of sweat glands in your skin -- apocrine and eccrine.
Your apocrine glands produce a thick sweat made of proteins and fats. When the bacteria on your skin dine on that sweat, it causes body odor.
Aprocrine glands are found in the axillae (also known as the armpits), around the breasts and genitals, as well as around the navel.
Your apocrine glands don't turn on until you hit puberty.
Eccrine glands produce sweat that's made up mostly of water and salt.
True. Studies show a correlation between eating red meat and body odor.
True. While no one lives forever, the more red meat you eat, the more likely you are to die, when compared with people who have little to no red meat in their diets.
Curries, onions and garlic all contain enzymes that may escape through our pores undigested. Spicy foods may also increase body odor because they amp up the amount of sweat your body produces.
Natural and alternative health wisdom suggests toxins and other impurities in the body cause body odor.
Undigested food is called ama in ayurveda tradition, and it's thought ama in the bloodstream leads to body odor.